Alexander Dawe studied French and Classical Guitar Performance at Oberlin College and Conservatory. He has translated several contemporary Turkish novels, including Endgame by Ahmet Altan. In collaboration with Maureen Freely, he has translated A Useless Man by Sait Faik Abasiyanik, The Time Regulation Institute by Ahmet Hamdi Tanipar and The Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali. In 2010, he received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant to translate the short stories of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar. He lives and works in Turkey, on the Prince Islands Archipelago, in the sea of Marmara near Istanbul.